Free Blood Pressure Checks

By Shirley Ludford On Monday 10th April 2017

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland conquers stroke in Wiltshire 

High blood pressure causes over half of all strokes and over seven million people across the UK don’t even know that they have the condition. 

Rotary International in Great Britain and Irelandandthe Stroke Association are joining forces again to invite residents in Swindon to take a moment to have a free blood pressure test, one of the biggest modifiable risk factors for stroke. Representatives will be at hand to offer advice and support on Saturday 22 April at 10.00 – 1.00pm at Old Town Co-op, Newport Street, Old Town, Swindon. 

Ian Sharpe, President of Rotary Club of Swindon said: “Rotary is proud to work with the Stroke Association delivering blood pressure checking events throughout April and the rest of the year. Stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK, but with events like these, we hope to change this. A blood pressure test is quick and painless, and it could save your life.” 

Alexis Wieroniey, Deputy Director of Policy at the Stroke Association, said: “There are over nine and a half  million people in the UK with high blood pressure and seven million remain undiagnosed. It only takes a moment to check your blood pressure and maintaining a healthy blood pressure is one of the most important things you can do to  reduce your risk of a stroke.”  

In addition to the events taking place on Saturday 22 April, there will be blood pressure checks at community events throughout the year. To find your nearest blood pressure event, you can visit

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